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As Cassini Makes 1st 'Grand Finale' Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn.<p>After using a final flyby …

Space Exploration

Why Being Socially Awkward Is Awesome, According to Science

When I think back to the Bumper Boat Debacle of 1984, I can see the trappings of an awkward moment: I was in middle school; there were unknown …

Psychology

An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep — and humans could be next

The lambs spent four weeks in the external wombs and seemed to develop normally<p>Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop — much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, …

Pregnancy

In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man

Ledell Lee’s first hard-knock moment came even before he was born. His mom, 16 and on her third pregnancy by a man years older than she was, drank …

Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site

Crowdfunded online publication from Jimmy Wales will pair paid journalists with army of volunteer contributors<p>Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community …

Journalism

Scientists Think We Could Reach the Brightest Star in the Sky in 69 Years

Sirius, we are coming for you.<p>If you're going to send a nano-spacecraft powered by photons across the galaxy – travelling at a fraction of the speed …

Universe

Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump

Why won’t the first lady show up for her job? <i>Why?</i> I became obsessed with this question and eventually looked to Melania’s Twitter history for …

Melania Trump

One family's life in the wilderness

<b>In the US state of Alaska, the Atchley family are the only people who live anywhere along the 250-mile (400km) length of the Nowitna River.</b><p>Over the past 18 years, only a handful of people have ever visited them in their remote location, 100 miles from the nearest town, Ruby.<p>Photographer Ed Gold …

Metadata

Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town

<b>A small town in Newfoundland, Canada, has become a sudden tourist spot thanks to a new visitor - one of the first icebergs of the season.</b><p>Canada's CBC News said that over the Easter weekend, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked with traffic as photographers - …

Who Cares if Trump Is Religious?

Trump might be the least God-fearing president to occupy the White House in centuries. That's a great thing for America.<p>This Sunday, tens of millions of American Christians will celebrate Easter, and thousands of children and their families will descend on the White House to take part in the annual …

Religion

Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them.<p>Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more …

Democracy

Who Are You Calling Anti-Science?

In a couple of weeks, crowds will march nationwide in the March for Science. It’s part of a recent trend pushing back against “anti-science” …

Psychology

The war in Syria, explained

How Syria’s civil war became America’s problem.<p>On the face of it, President Trump’s decision to attack Syria doesn’t make a lot of sense. Launching 59 missiles at a single airbase, as Trump did, is not going to seriously change the outcome of a years-long civil war. So what’s the point of doing it …

Syria

Watch Pearl Jam's Humble Rock Hall Induction Speech

<i>A quarter of a century after they released their 13-times platinum debut,</i> Ten<i>, Pearl Jam remain one of rock's biggest bands. They had sprung into the</i> …

Rock & Roll

Too Many of Trump’s Liberal Critics Are Praising His Strike on Syria

It shouldn’t be surprising, but it is to me nonetheless: Plenty of liberals who’ve long criticized Donald Trump as unfit to be president are praising …

Syria
San Diego

The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy

Many in the media are portraying the Republicans move to invoke the nuclear option to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a mere squabble over Senate rules, the …

Democracy

Discovery! Atmosphere Spotted on Nearly Earth-Size Exoplanet in First

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around a planet beyond our solar system that's just a little bit larger than Earth.<p>The …

Laugh It Up Google

Google

The 20 Most Successful Tech Failures of All Time

20<p>TiVo<p>One of the first Digital Video Recorders, or DVRs, to come to market — and a brand so successful it became a verb — TiVo to this day puts out …

Microsoft Windows

Oral History: “A great time to be alive and own a guitar”: Chicago’s 1990s alt-rock explosion

Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind</i> came out in 1991 and became a veritable sensation, selling millions of albums and signifying to labels, music fans, and the world, that there was much success to be found in alternative rock—music that until that time was not heard much on the radio. In an effort to find …

Music

Slayer’s Kerry King said Limp Bizkit’s ‘90s success made him almost quit music

<b></b><i>[Photo Credit: Martin Hausler]</i>Slayer guitarist Kerry King reportedly said that Limp Bizkit's success made him briefly reconsider his music</b> …

Music

Rolling Back Climate Regulations Is Trump's Most Dangerous Con Yet

The executive order President Trump signed Tuesday is his most dangerous con yet. By rolling back President Obama's Clean Power Plan and other …

Climate

Uranus Is a Wonderland and We Should Go There

Uranus is tired of being the butt of your jokes—especially that one.<p>You see, Uranus is so sad and so very lonely; despite being discovered in 1781, …

Spotify's latest music documentary chronicles Green Day's rise

Spotify's <i>Landmark</i> music documentary series debuted back in August with four episodes on the early days of Metallic. Today, another installment is premiering on the streaming service and this time you'll get to relive the grungy angst of the early '90s with Green Day. The first episode is available …

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Stop What You’re Doing and Watch This Stunning Video of Mars

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably …

You have to watch this little boy cover Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ - News - Alternative Press

You know how they say that anything you can do a little kid can do 10 times better and 100 times cuter? Well that continues to prove itself with this …

Will Humans Have to Upgrade Their Bodies to Survive on Mars?

Living and boning in space—particularly on Mars—has fascinated our degenerate species for decades. Recently, SpaceX founder Elon Musk decided to put …